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NEW RECEPTION INTAKE FOR SEPT 2021 - PARENT INFORMATION

Thank you for considering St Joseph's Catholic Primary School. Sadly we are unable to provide tours at the moment due to COVID 19, so instead we have created a special page on our website dedicated to giving you as much information as we can, in order to help give you a strong picture of what life at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is all about. Choosing the right school for your child is such an important decision. In many cases parents get a good feeling as to whether the school is right for their child by visiting and walking about, we hope that we can provide enough information on these pages and throughout our website in order to give you a true picture of the school and support you in making that all important decision. 

During normal circumstances our Headteacher and Year 6 children would do a presentation and then our Year 6 children would show prospective parents around the school, this provides a fantastic opportunity for prospective parents to get a child view of our school but also for our pupils to give them increased confidence and develop personal skills. As we cannot provide that at this time, we have created a virtual tour with lots of information that we hope you will find useful.

LIFE IN RECEPTION VIRTUAL TOUR

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SCHOOL UNIFORM

St Joseph’s have a winter and a summer uniform. Winter uniform is worn from Sept –Easter break. Summer uniform is then worn when the children return after Easter until the end of the school year

Winter Uniform

  • Grey trousers or Grey skirt
  • Maroon V-neck Cardigan or jumper ( embroidered with school name)
  • Maroon and Yellow tie ( Year R-5) Year 6 wear a special gold tie provided by the school.
  • White / Grey socks or tights
  • Sensible shoes in black or brown
  • Hair accessories in yellow, maroon , black brown or white

Summer Uniform

Year R – Year 5

  • Yellow/White check dresses or grey shorts & White polo shirt
  • Maroon V-neck Cardigan or jumper ( embroidered with school name)

Year 6

  • Grey Skirts or Grey Shorts
  • Maroon V-neck Cardigan or jumper ( embroidered with school name)
  • Gold Polo Shirt
  • White / Grey socks
  • Sensible shoes in black or brown
  • Hair accessories in yellow, maroon , black brown or white

PE Kit

Children to keep their PE kit in the PE bag provided in EYFS which should be clearly marked with your child’s name. This should remain in school all week and be taken home on a Thursday as children should wear their PE kit to school every Friday for FIT friday Children need a pair of black canvas plimsolls or black or white trainers for outdoor PE.

Winter PE Kit

  • Maroon PE Joggers
  • Maroon PE Hoodie ( embroidered with school name)
  • Maroon PE T-shirt ( embroidered with logo)

Summer PE Kit

  • Maroon PE T-shirt ( embroidered with logo)
  • White PE Shorts

EARLY YEARS WELCOME PACK

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APPLICATIONS & SUPPLEMENTRY FORM

Applications for primary school places must be made online with West Berkshire local authority.

Please CLICK HERE  for the West Bershire primary school admissions page

If an application is being made for a place at the school as a catholic a copy of the supplementry form must be provided along with a copy of your child's baptism certificate.

If application is being made for a place at the school as a member of another Christian denomination or another faith, a letter confirming membership of that Christian denomination or faith and signed by the appropriate minister of religion or faith leader, will be required. The letter should be provided with the completed supplementary Information form and sent directly to the school.

A copy of the supplementary form can be found at the bottom of the admissions policy.

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Wrap around Care

At St Joseph's Catholic Primary School we appreciate busy working parents require childcare extended beyond the school day.

The after school club aims to provide high quality after school childcare in a safe and caring environment for children aged between 3 and 11 years. It is run by fun, energetic and enthusiastic staff who provide high quality afterschool childcare.

Our breakfast club runs from 8am - 8.45am and our afterschool club runs from 3pm-6pm.

Please CLICK HERE to visit our afterschool club website page for more information on the fantastic actvities we do.

ADMISSIONS POLICY

Please CLICK HERE to view our admission policy

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MESSAGE FROM MRS DAUBNEY - RECEPTION TEACHER

At St Joseph’s we value the importance of the Early years and our children are able to learn through play-based activities. Our recently refurbished classroom is filled with natural, neutral resources that inspire curiosity and wonder for our children. Throughout the day the class is able to move freely between the classroom and outdoor area where there are a wide variety of items available to explore that reflect all aspects of the Early Years curriculum. The skilled members of staff work with the children to extend their learning through their interests and play. Through their knowledge of the curriculum, staff are able to respond to children's individual needs and skills, developing them through ways that are relevant to the children. Activities such as sewing, baking, music, dance and outdoor learning are all regularly included in the timetable. At St Joseph’s we want to ensure our children grow spiritually and develop their connection with God. In class the children join in with daily worships, either in class or as a whole school, they say prayers and learn about key stories from the Bible, they even have a class prayer bear. Staff recognise the importance of family in the young children’s development and actively encourage families to share with the school through the online learning journal system. Photos about the school day can be sent to families and they can send back photos too. When the children start at St Joseph’s they are paired up with one of the Year 6 pupils as buddies, who look after them during their first year in school. They play with them, sit with them in church, help with their learning and more. The children often develop a lovely friendship with their buddies that continues beyond their time with St Joseph’s. There is also a lot of shared learning with the Year1 class, so when the time comes for children to move on to their next class – the transition is not such a scary one.

Mrs Daubney - Reception Teacher

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OUR SCHOOL

SCHOOL FACILITIES

We have some amazing facilities at our school set in beautiful grounds. These include:

- A large school field 

- A wildlife garden use for outdoor learning

- A playground with fun play equipment

- Newly refurbished classroom with new interactive touchscreens

- Newly Furbished Library area

- Specialist Sports Coach

- Private music lessons available in a variety of intruments provided by specialists

- Hot Meal Service for all pupils

- Many free after school clubs in a variety of subjects

- Subsidised after school clubs provided by sports coaches

- Great links with other local schools

- School app (tapestry for EYFS & KS1 and Seesaw for KS2) for easy access to homework and communication with teachers

- Happy and inclusive school with a friendly, loving and caring community

- Every child in Year R is teamed up with a Year 6 buddy, this provides a fantastic support for the new starters.

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TERM DATES

Please CLICK HERE for term dates for 2021/2022